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Dick, Henry

Born: 1811-01-27 Kentucky

Died: 1891-10-16 Chester, Nebraska

Flourished: Cass County, Illinois

In 1829, Henry Dick emigrated with his extended family from Simpson County, Kentucky to Sangamon County, Illinois. By 1831 he had settled in what is now Cass County and began purchasing public land in the area around Chandlerville, where he established a large farm. In 1832 he married Nancy Morgan, with whom he had several children before her death in 1854. By the 1890s, Dick owned an additional substantial farm in Nebraska. He was visiting his holdings there when, while crossing the tracks on foot, he was struck by a train. He died six days later.

William Henry Perrin, ed., History of Cass County, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1882), 162, 330; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, Cass County, vol. 68, p. 225, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Cass County, IL, 29; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), blank County, IL, 13; Gravestone, Dick Cemetery, Chandlerville, IL; Sangamon Valley Times (Chandlerville, IL), 23 October 1891, 2:2-3.